4 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes

Jan 8, 2024 | Carpet Cleaning

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As professional carpet cleaners in Layton, we have seen a lot of carpets. Unfortunately, that means we’ve also seen our fair share of carpet-cleaning mistakes. Here are the top four mistakes that we see homeowners make so you can avoid them. 

Not vacuuming often enough.

Regular vacuuming is a well-known practice for maintaining a clean home. However, do you know just why vacuuming is so important and how often you should be vacuuming?

When you vacuum your carpets, you are effectively eliminating dirt and grime that, if left unattended, can lead to wear and tear on your carpet fibers, causing potential damage. Plus, your carpet traps dirt and dust from the air and stops it from circulating in your home. However, if they get too full of dirt, then they won’t be able to trap dirt effectively and may make your indoor air quality worse, not better. 

To ensure optimal carpet health, we recommend a weekly vacuuming routine for all carpets in your home. For households with pets, children, or frequent outdoor shoe use, more frequent vacuuming may be necessary to uphold cleanliness and indoor air quality.

Not Giving High-traffic Areas Adequate Protection

Think about how you move about your home in a day. There are probably places where you walk way more often than others, such as hallways, the entryway and in front of furniture. These areas need special care to help them withstand the heavy traffic they receive. One way to extend the life of these high-traffic areas is to add a rug. For those already utilizing rugs, it’s essential to regularly rotate them to ensure even wear distribution. In cases where adding a rug isn’t feasible, consistent vacuuming of these high-traffic spots becomes crucial.

If a rug isn’t an option, be sure to vacuum these areas regularly. We also offer a carpet protectant which adds a protective coating to your carpet, helping it withstand the stains that high traffic areas are more likely to see. 

Scrubbing At Spots And Stains

When you spill something on your carpet, your instinct is probably to grab a towel and start scrubbing. However, aggressively scrubbing a spill in carpet will usually just rub the stain in and spread it further. What you want to do instead is gently dab at stains to remove the liquid. Be sure to use a white rag, as colors towels or patterned paper towels can sometimes transfer dye to the carpet, making the issue worse. 

If you cannot remove the stain with gentle blotting, your safest course of action is to call professional carpet cleaners in Layton, like Precision Chem-Dry. We have seen DIY stain removal methods go wrong way too often, resulting in carpet damage and worse stains. This is something to leave to the professionals if you want your carpet to look nice. 

Forgoing Professional Cleanings

You may assume that if you’re vacuuming regularly and quickly soaking up spills, you’re giving your carpet all the care that it needs. Your vacuum primarily targets the surface layer of the carpet, leaving behind dirt and dust that gradually embeds near the carpet backing. This accumulation can lead to a matted texture, a dull appearance, and the formation of visible traffic lines. To effectively remove this deeply embedded grime, a professional cleaning service is essential. Even if your carpets appear clean, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the remarkable improvement in both their look and feel after a thorough professional cleaning.


Are you making any of these cleaning mistakes? Our professional carpet cleaning team in Layton can help you avoid additional damage to your carpet and increase its longevity. We also offer professional dryer vent cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and other home cleaning services in Salt Lake County. Give us a call at (801) 266-8150 today to get started! 

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